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King Arthur (2004)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  7 July 2004 (USA)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused. Written by Scott Summerton

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Rated R for sequences of strong war violence | See all certifications »

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7 July 2004 (USA)  »

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King Arthur: Director's Cut  »

Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,829,788 (Italy) (1 October 2004)

Gross:

$3,165,602 (Brazil) (5 November 2004)
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When Antoine Fuqua took over the project, he wanted Daniel Craig to play Arthur but was overruled by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who believed that Clive Owen was going to be cast as James Bond, which would greatly increase the film's commercial shelf-life on DVD. See more »

Goofs

Arthur and his knights ride horses using stirrups. Stirrups were invented in China around the 4th century and were not seen in western Europe before the 8th century, two or three hundred years after the events depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lancelot: [voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain. But they wanted more. More land. More peoples loyal and subservient to Rome. But no people so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died on that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive were members of the decimated but legendary cavalry. The Romans, impressed by their bravery and horsemanship, spared their lives. In exchange, these ...
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There are no opening credits, not even the production company and studio bumpers, only the title. See more »

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Version of Camelot (1967) See more »

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Tell Me Now (What You See)
Written by Hans Zimmer and Maire Brennan (as Moya Brennan)
Produced by Trevor Horn and Mel Wesson
Performed by Maire Brennan (as Moya Brennan)
Courtesy of Universal Music International
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Hollywood rewrites the history of England yet again.
7 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

King Arthur is ( according to Hollywood ) a Roman? This film belongs in the same bin as U-571 when it comes to historical accuracy.

The Britons appear as blue painted pixies along the lines of the elves in Lord of the Rings.

It appears that the knights of the round table are all dressed in armour from all corners of the globe. Arthur is fully Roman, Lancelot looks like a Persian warrior and the others are dressed like Ghengis Khan.

The fight scenes resemble Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Kiera Knightly twirling around Thai-style dealing roundhouse kicks to burly Saxons.

Another fine example of the Americans trying to rewrite the rest of the worlds history.

King Arthur is a deep seated British legend and it is insulting that the story should be twisted in this way. If this was done to a minority group there'd be uproar.

I'm looking forward when I can fund the making of the true story of George Washington, the one where he was an Iranian cross-dressing child molester.


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